End of Month View – November 2018

I seem to have started each EOMV post this year with commenting on how little gardening I have done for many reasons. I have decided to stop apologising, it is what it is and actually on reflection the garden doesn’t look too bad for the end of November.

I’m not a gardener who feels a need to put the garden to sleep for the winter.  I’ve never really understood that approach unless of course you live somewhere where your garden is covered in snow for months on end.  For me, having something that needs doing in the garden throughout the year is a good motivation to get outside even on the coldest day even if its only for a short period of time.

The front garden, which I have forgotten to photograph this month, has had most of the attention over the last few months.  Due to the new driveway I have had to replant the narrow borders outside the front door partly with plants I had lifted to protect them from the contractors but also to add two new lavenders either side of the door.  It all looks so much smarter now.   I have also tidied up the smaller of the big borders and filled it with a mix of tulips so I’m hoping there will be lots of colour in late spring.

Now I need to start thinking about tidying up bit by bit in the back garden.  There has been some pruning and leaf collecting happening but there is still lots to do if I get time.  I don’t get stressed about having it all perfect now as no one tidies these things up in nature and it all works just fine.  I do want to move the various pots of seedlings dotted around the garden to nearer the house to protect them and I seriously need to use the four bags of bark chip that have been sitting in the garden for two months now – which is a little embarrassing.

I also would like to finally finish removing the very top path that I started back in the spring and I plan to use some of the large pile of Malvern stone we have to build a low edging/retaining wall along the edge of the border in the above photo.  The border slopes quite a lot and is always dry.  I have quite a few alpines in pots around the place so I plan to use the stone to level off the border and provide lots of gravel drainage for the plants.  I probably haven’t explained that well but its very clear in my head what I want to do here which is progress as I have been thinking about it for years.

As you can see the garden gets shabbier as you get further from the house which probably reflects that with limited time over the past months I have focussed on those areas I can see better from the house but I am now determined to change this and sort it out once and for all so I don’t feel I have to apologise all the time.

So there’s my garden, warts and all, at the end of a soggy November.  Its great when people join in as its one of the few times that bloggers actually show their gardens rather than nice plants and I find that more interesting.  If you would like to join in then all I ask is that you link to this post and leave a comment with a link to your post in the comments box below.

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. I like the slower pace of a winter garden, and you are right, nature doesn’t tidy up.

  2. owenldn says:

    I think your garden looks beautiful- and whilst you might think you havent done as much as you thought you should- i think it is a testament to previous years planning and work that has meant your garden can be left to grow and mature much intervention- and look delightful!
    PS what that lovely salvia in the first photo behind the rosemary.
    PPS I havent done anything in my garden since July and it currently looks a right tip! So am slightly envious that this is what yours looks like with also not much intervention! ha ha!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Owen

      You are kind.
      The salvia with the pale lilac flowers is Salvia Phyllis Fancy. Its done the round amongst the local HPS groups so I dont know where it originated from but it is a wonderful salvia, my favourite. It came through the snow last year but possibly because the ground is very free draining and I put a thick mulch over the top of it. Its too big now to bring in but does come easily from cuttings.

  3. Sam says:

    Your garden is looking good, Helen. It’s interesting to see more of the structure in late autumn/early winter. Good luck with your projects – it’s always good to have plans formulating. My EOMV is here: https://acoastalplot.com/2018/11/30/end-of-month-view-november/
    Thank you for hosting.

  4. I think it does depend on the sort of gardening you do – my uncle is one who puts his garden to bed, because he spends the at least some of the winter travelling in warmer places!
    Certainly you needn’t apologise for lack of gardening. We all have limited time, and at different times, there are different priorities!

  5. Helen, I think the November garden is the perfect opportunity to examine the textures in our garden, and yours is full of different heights, colors and shapes to keep things interesting!

    This month, I have been trying to work on new areas of my garden, but only time will tell. I’m a bit frustrated at the moment, to tell the truth. Or perhaps impatient? http://ladyoflamancha.blogspot.com/2018/11/end-of-month-view-november-2018.html

  6. tonytomeo says:

    Isn’t it normal to work in the garden a bit less this time of year? Not many of us want to go out in the cold. Besides, the garden is a bit slower. If one is going to take a break, this is a good time to do it, (depending on one’s climate).

  7. Alison says:

    Hi Helen, your garden is looking in fine condition, definitely nothing to apologise here.

    My end of month review is here https://www.blackberrygarden.co.uk/2018/12/end-of-month-review-november-2018.html

  8. Hello Helen, here is my contribution for this month.https://thecynicalgardener.com/2018/12/02/end-of-month-view-of-the-garden-november-2018/

    your garden still looks so full and interesting. I’m not sure about your rainfall this year, but here in Leicestershire, even though it has rained, sometimes heavily, the soil is still quite dry and firm under the surface. I discovered this whilst planting tulips
    An interesting growing season approaches….
    All the best.

  9. jenhumm116 says:

    Helen, I think we both suffer from a lack of time due certainly in part to working full time, but you’re absolutely right not to apologise, and also right to point out that nature copes without interference. That’s definitely made me feel better about my recent lack of gardening!
    Thanks for hosting.
    https://duverdiary.wordpress.com/2018/12/02/end-of-month-view-november-2018/

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